PSU Professor performs Crumb, Mozart, Grieg and Debussy March 23

March 18th, 2009 by Adam


Plymouth. N.H.—PSU Professor Carleen Graff of Plymouth will perform George Crumb’s Eine kleine Mitternachtmusik, ruminations on Thelonius Monk’s “Round Midnight,” in a recital March 23 at the Silver Center for the Arts.

The program also includes works by Mozart, Grieg and Debussy.

George Crumb is known as as a composer of hauntingly beautiful scores, and Professor Graff has performed several of his works.

“I enjoy experiencing the extended sounds that Crumb is able to elicit using themany techniques required in his music—from playing harmonics, to glissandos and pizzicatos on the strings, to the use of a yarn stick on the crossbeams. I find it fascinating to figure out the score in order to make the music come alive. His music is a true sound experience for the audience,” Graff said.

Graff is professor of music at Plymouth State University, and coordinator of piano performance studies.

A frequent adjudicator for competitions and evaluations throughout the U.S. and Canada, she has performed solo and chamber recitals in New England, the Mid-West and Germany.

Her students have received numerous awards for the performances and studies. Graff also teaches pre-college piano students and oversees the community young piano students at PSU.

In addition, she directs the Plymouth Digital Keyboard Orchestra for young students and has published several digital keyboard works. She is also founder of the biennial Piano Monster Concerts which put multiple pianists at each piano to perform ensemble style; the Junior and Senior summer Piano Monster Festivals, and the Contemporary Piano Festival at Plymouth State.

Graff earned a D.A. in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado, an M.A. in applied piano from the University of Denver and a B.M.E. from Illinois Wesleyan University. She is the recipient of the Master Teacher Certificate from the Music National Association, and the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association Teacher-Member of the Year award.

Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603)535-ARTS.

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